UAMS Professor Links Child Abuse and Meth Use

APRIL 26, 2005 - Posted at 3:56 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences sees a link between child abuse and methamphetamine use.

Dr. Jerry Jones says he's seen more incidents of physical abuse, sexual abuse and neglect among children in households where the illegal drug is made or used in the last two years.

Children exposed to meth may exhibit physical problems from inhaling the toxic fumes and also risk developmental and mental problems later in life.  Jones says he considers it a form of maltreatment to expose a child to the drug operation.

Jones also is director of the Team for Children at Risk at Arkansas Children's Hospital.

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